The National Democratic Congress NDC held its Parliamentary primaries in all the constituencies across the nation and as is typical of every competition, some win others lose.
There were surprise wins and losses which tells the changing dynamics of what it takes to win the confidence of delegates in the current political dispensation.
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1. John Dumelo – The actor, entrepreneur turned politician won the vote with a resounding victory. The 758 votes he polled meant his nearest contender was no where near his tally.
Mr. John Dumelo was expected to win judging by his personality and campaign strategy which was going down to the ground to have one on one interaction with the delegates.
He is expected to face stiff competition from the NPP who has held the seat for quite a long time. He is also expected to face some bashing from the his opponents and the general public for trying to covert a state V8 vehicle when the erstwhile administration left power.
2. Xavier Sosu – The human rights Lawyer whisked the Madina NDC candidateship from Abubakar Sadii in yesterday’s vote. Mr. Sosu has been eyeing the Madina seat for a while now and this win takes him a step closer. He is a popular figure seen on television shows and radio programs.
3. Felix Ofosu Kwakye – Mr Felix Kwakye Ofosu won the parliamentary primaries of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) for the Abura Asebu Kwamankese constituency of the Central Region.
The former deputy communications minister polled 360 in the Saturday, 24 August 2019 elections to beat his closest contender, Dr Nana Ama Brown Klutse who polled 327.
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THE BIG LOSERS
1. Ras Mubarak – The kumbungu MP lost to Mr. Adam Hamza, the man he beat in the previous primaries and speaking to StarrFM, he was obviously bitter, making allegations of money laundering and other dubious means he claims his opponent employed to outwit him. This loss means he is going to be a one time MP and would have to try again in 2024.
2. Nana Oye Lithur – The former Minister of Gender and Social Protection was tipped to win the Adenta primaries but she was in for a surprise defeat. Adamo Ramadan, brother to the 2nd Lady Samira Bawumia beat her to become the candidate going into the 2020 Parliamentary election. “I never expected to lose” was what she said and yes that’s the feeling when you were the favorite and you lose.
3. Joseph Yileh Chireh – The veteran lawmaker lost to the IGPs executive secretary Superintendent (rtd) Peter Toobu, who polled 755 while Joseph Yieleh Chireh had 317.